David Whyte : Yoga Sutra 1.2 & 1.3

Sep 19, 2017
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Recently I came across one of my favorite poems by David Whyte, Tillicho Lake.  I was immediately struck by how parallel this poem is to the 2nd and 3rd stanzas in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  It is here in this crossover of poetry, metaphor, and sacred texts that I feel my soul stir and my mind quiet.  It is here where I feel the great bow of my heart to the world and all that is.

Tilicho Lake
​David Whyte

In this high place
it is as simple as this,
leave everything you know behind.
Step toward the cold surface,
say the old prayer of rough love
and open both arms.

Those who come with empty hands
will stare into the lake astonished
there, in the cold light
reflecting pure snow
the true shape of your own face.

Yoga Sutra 1.2 : Yoga chitta vritti nirodhah
“Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.” - Alistair Shearer
"Yoga is the resolution of the agitations of the mind.” - Judith Lasater

David Whyte:
“Leave everything you know behind,
say the old prayer of rough love
and open both arms.”

Yoga Sutra 1.3 : Tada drashtuh svarupe vasthanam
“Then the seer abides in its essence” - Georg Feuerstein
“At that time the seer rest in his own state.” - Swami Vivekananda

David Whyte:
“Those who come with empty hands will stare into the lake astonished
there, in the cold light
reflecting pure snow
the true shape of your own face.”